Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I, for one, welcome our new benevolent overlord

By Mustang Bobby 

It looks like the Romney campaign mother ship sent out the talking points to all of its supporters this post weekend to get them to go on Facebook and other places where folks gather to spread the word that Mitt Romney is really a very nice and caring guy who gives a lot of money to charity and only wants what's best for the country. Some were putting out heart-warming anecdotes about how he took care of people in need and showed his true nature (although no one seemed to offer his view towards pets). We should welcome the opportunity to have him be our president and be truly grateful that he has agreed to be amongst us and guide us through the night with the light from above.

This is an effort to counter the impression given to the world by the tapes from Boca Raton where we saw his true nature when he was among his own kind of people: "I really don't give a shit about half of the country." It's also yet another attempt on the part of the Romney campaign to get some kind of message out there about what he stands for and what he's running against. Dave Weigel had a piece at Slate over the weekend that seemed to sum up their whack-a-mole approach to selling their candidate; they lie in wait for the other guy — Obama — to say something so they can react:

Does this stuff work for Romney? The randomness of the "gaffe" obsessions suggests that it doesn't. The Obama campaign seizes on Romney statements, like the ones in the "47 percent" tape, to build its argument that Romney's an out-of-touch rich jerk who'll make you pay higher taxes so he can pay less. The Romney campaign's approach is more random. One day, Obama is a stealthy socialist. The next day, he's an incompetent Washington politician. A few days before that, his vice president was making coded appeals to black racism.

Granted, any campaign is going to seize on moments of klutziness, but being reactive is not how to win an election; you've got to have something to sell that makes people — even Republicans — want to vote for someone rather than just against the other guy.

(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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  • There's also the whole issue of his likability. In general, I don't give much thought to this kind of thing. But I have to admit, I wouldn't be interested in meeting Romney. It isn't that he's conservative. I would be interested in meeting Bush or Cheney. There is something very boring at the base of Mitt Romney.

    Why I can't seem to get him out of my head, I can't say.

    By Anonymous Frankly Curious, at 10:55 PM  

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